COLE CAMP — Serving helped Cole Camp score the first five points of Thursday’s match against Green Ridge and the Lady Bluebirds carried that momentum all night to win 25-16, 25-13.
Lyza Jamerson got three aces on the 5-0 run to start the match. Cole Camp had nine aces total.
“We finally came out of our serving funk (Thursday),” said Cole Camp coach Abby Massingill. “That’s kind of been out downfall lately.”
Cole Camp was in cruise control for much of the first set, taking an 8-4 lead when Alyssa Oelrichs set up Bailey Heimsoth for one of her team-leading nine kills.
Oelrichs got another assist two points later, this time getting the ball to Jamerson for one of her three kills. Oelrichs had 14 assists.
“It all started with our passing (Thursday),” Massingill said. “I thought our passing off serve-receive and our defense was really clicking.”
Green Ridge was able to get back in it and made it 15-10 Cole Camp when Quincy Scotten set up Madisyn Bridges for a kill.
Green Ridge followed that up with a block to get within four and Bridges later got a kill to make it 16-13.
Cole Camp’s Savannah Dieckmaan later got a block to give the Lady Bluebirds a 19-15 lead during an 8-1 run that finished off the first set.
The second set also started off well for Cole Camp.
Maddie Cook’s block made it 2-0 and Heimsoth’s kill later made it 6-0 before Shirlene Hilt’s kill got Green Ridge on the board.
Like in the first set, Green Ridge was able to put together a run to cut Cole Camp’s lead.
A Cole Camp ace put the Lady Bluebirds up 10-3, but the Lady Tigers went on a 6-0 run.
Bailey Harding’s block cut Green Ridge’s deficit to four and Mac Scotten’s ace got the Lady Tigers within one.
Green Ridge coach Lori Larimore said they need to work on serve-receive and be more consistent.
Cole Camp controlled it from there, going on an 11-0 run to take a 21-9 lead.
Oelrichs to Cook ended the set and the match.
Bridges had four blocks and three kills for Green Ridge.
Katie Gibbs and Mac Scotten each had three kills.
Cole Camp (8-5, 5-0) will play at Windsor on Tuesday.
Green Ridge (6-9-2, 3-2) hosts Tipton on Tuesday.
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.